Cisco Active Network Abstraction Customization User Guide, 3.7
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Preface

Table Of Contents

Preface

Document Overview

Audience

Conventions

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request


Preface


This manual describes the Cisco Active Network Abstraction (Cisco ANA) 3.7 customization suite and provides instructions for using the components of the customization suite.

This preface includes the following topics:

Document Overview

Audience

Conventions

Related Documentation

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

Document Overview

Table 1 presents the organization of this manual.

Table 1 Manual Organization 

Part
Title
Chapter

1

Overview

Chapter 1, "Cisco ANA Overview"

2

Managing and Deploying Configuration Changes Using the Command Builder

Chapter 2, "Introducing Command Builder"

Chapter 3, "Getting Started with Command Builder"

Chapter 4, "Creating a Cisco ANA Macro Language Command: An Example"

Chapter 5, "Cisco ANA Macro Language"

Chapter 6, "BeanShell Commands"

3

Customizing Network Element Information Using the Soft Properties Manager

Chapter 7, "Introducing the Cisco ANA Soft Properties Manager"

Chapter 8, "Getting Started with the Soft Properties Manager"

Chapter 9, "Soft Property Examples"

Chapter 10, "Parsing Operators/Rules"

Chapter 11, "Alarm Threshold Triggers"

Chapter 12, "Regular Expressions for Soft Properties Manager"

4

Using the Workflow Editor to Create Task Workflows

Chapter 13, "Introducing the Cisco ANA Workflow Editor"

Chapter 14, "Getting Started with the Cisco ANA Workflow Editor"

Chapter 15, "Working with the Cisco ANA Workflow Editor"

Chapter 16, "Managing Workflows"

Chapter 17, "Customizing the Workflow Editor"

5

Other Customization Applications

Chapter 18, "Launching External Applications"

Chapter 19, "Drools Rules Management"

6

Cisco ANA Registry and Related Information

Chapter 20, "Working with Cisco ANA Registry"

Appendix A, "Event and Alarm Configuration Parameters"

Appendix B, "Supported Service Alarms—Registry Parameters"


Audience

The following sections describe the primary audience for each tool described in the document.

Soft Properties Manager

Soft Properties Manager is intended for use by integrators and any other users who want to manage the soft properties and Threshold Crossing Alarms (TCAs) that are executed within the Cisco ANA platform.

Users of Soft Properties Manager are required to have the following preliminary knowledge before using this tool:

Subject
Description

Networking, device properties

Knowledge of device property retrieval using Telnet and SSH or a SNMP MIB browser.

Data manipulation

Ability to write regular expressions and parse raw strings using basic parsing tools.

Cisco IMO Types

Understanding of the Cisco ANA information model so that they know where to locate and edit the soft property.


Command Builder

Command Builder is intended for use by programmers who want to write command scripts that are executed within the Cisco ANA activation framework.

Workflow Editor

The Workflow Editor is intended for use by a system administrator.

Cisco ANA Shell Interface

The Cisco ANA shell interface is intended for use by system administrators and users who are responsible for network operation tasks.

Drools Rules

The Drools Rules engine is intended for use by system administrators and users who are responsible for troubleshooting the fault in the network.

Conventions

This document uses the following conventions:

Convention
Indication

bold font

Commands, keywords, and user-entered text appear in bold font.

italic font

Document titles, new or emphasized terms, and arguments for which you supply values are in italic font.

[ ]

Elements in square brackets are optional.

{x | y | z }

Required alternative keywords are grouped in braces and separated by vertical bars.

[ x | y | z ]

Optional alternative keywords are grouped in brackets and separated by vertical bars.

string

A nonquoted set of characters. Do not use quotation marks around the string or the string will include the quotation marks.

courier font

Terminal sessions and information the system displays appear in courier font.

< >

Nonprinting characters such as passwords are in angle brackets.

[ ]

Default responses to system prompts are in square brackets.

!, #

An exclamation point (!) or a pound sign (#) at the beginning of a line of code indicates a comment line.



Note Means reader take note.



Caution Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might perform an action that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

Related Documentation


Note We sometimes update the documentation after original publication. Therefore, you should also review the documentation on Cisco.com for any updates.


The following documentation is available for Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7:

Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7 Theory of Operations

Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7 User Guide

Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7 Administrator Guide

Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7 Documentation Guide

Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7 Installation Guide

Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7 Release Notes

Cisco Active Network Abstraction 3.7 Reference Guide

Cisco Active Network Abstraction Integration Developer Guide is available on the Cisco ANA Technology Center website. This guide describes how to use Cisco ANA integration interfaces.

The Cisco ANA Technology Center is an online resource for integration developers who use Cisco ANA application programming interfaces (APIs). It provides information, guidance, and examples to help you integrate your applications with Cisco ANA. It also provides a platform for you to interact with subject matter experts. To view the information on the Cisco ANA Technology Center website, you must have a Cisco.com account with partner level access, or you must be a Cisco ANA licensee. You can access the Cisco ANA Technology Center at http://developer.cisco.com/web/ana/home.

Obtaining Documentation and Submitting a Service Request

For information on obtaining documentation, submitting a service request, and gathering additional information, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

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